Kaduna: Court Rules On El-Rufai’s Religious Bill | Nigeria News

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Governor of Kaduna Nasir El-Rufai

The controversial religious bill passed by the 5th Kaduna State House of Assembly is a violation of Nigeria’s 1999 Constitution as amended, according to a High Court in Kaduna.

Concise News reports that the court ruled on Wednesday, June 19, based on the Pentecostal Fellowship of Nigeria’s suit challenging passage of the bill.

According to the bill, the state government will issue license to clerics before they can perform some religious rites in the northwest state.

Governor Nasir el-Rufai had in 2016 sent the religious bill to the State Assembly but was set aside for about three years before it was eventually passed a few hours to the end of the last assembly.

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The presiding judge, Justice D. Gwadah, said the actions of the State Assembly in proceeding to pass the bill into law despite the pending court proceedings and the subsisting court injunction restraining the action, “is an affront to this honourable court”.

The case has been instituted by the Pentecostal Fellowship of Nigeria (PFN), Kaduna chapter, since 2016 against El-Rufai, Kaduna State House of Assembly and the Attorney General of Kaduna.

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This may not be the end of the matter as the governor and other concerned respondents may seek higher court decision.

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